It’s Official: Elon Musk Will Go to Trial Over "Pedo" Comments – Futurism

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Remember last year, when Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk called a cave diver a pedo guy on Twitter after the diver criticized his plan to rescue a soccer team of Thai boys who were trapped in a cave?

Now the cave diver, Vernon Unsworth, has sued over the comments and a U.S. District Judge in Los Angeles ruled yesterday thatthe case will go to trial, according to Bloomberg.

The jury will have to decide whether Musk was negligent for failing to ensure that his accusation of pedophilia was true.

Its the second time Musk and his legal team have tried unsuccessfully to have Unsworths lawsuit thrown out. A previous attempt by his team argued that seriously pedo guy doesnt mean pedophile.

Musk paid a convicted felon to dig up dirt on Unsworth, according to a bombshell report by BuzzFeed News. Muskeven called Unsworth a child rapist in emails sent to BuzzFeed News at the time.

In a statement to Bloomberg, Musks lawyer Alex Spiro wrote: We look forward to the trial. We understand that, while Musk has apologized, Unsworth would like to milk his 15 minutes of fame.

Meanwhile, Unsworths lawyer told Bloomberg that he believes Musk could easily be found to be guilty of negligence, as the burden of proof is much higher to prove malice.

READ MORE: Elon Musk Headed to Trial in U.K. Cavers Defamation Case [Bloomberg]

More on the controversy: Court Documents: Elon Musk Called Himself a Fucking Idiot

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